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Artist's Gridded Sketch of Senenmut

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1473–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), below entrance, Radim, MMA 1935–1936
Medium:
Limestone, ink
Dimensions:
h. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in); w. 18 cm (7 1/16 in); th. 3.3 cm (1 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.252
  • Description

    This gridded sketch of a man wearing a short wig undoubtedly depicts Senenmut, one of Hatshepsut's most valued officials. His appointment to a large number of important offices, such as steward of the god Amun at Karnak, enabled him to afford the excavation of an elaborate funerary complex consisting of an offering chapel (TT 71) and a tomb (TT 353) not far from Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri in western Thebes. This limestone chip, called an ostracon, was found in debris on the hillside just below Senenmut's offering chapel on Sheikh abd el-Qurna hill. The profile is quite similar to a drawing in Senenmut's tomb at Deir el-Bahri. It also resembles drawings on another ostracon in the Museum's collection (31.4.2).

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Exped. Neg. no. M16C 438

  • Provenance

    Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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